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[ser-kuhm-floo-uh nt] /sərˈkʌm flu ənt/
flowing around; encompassing.
Origin of circumfluent
1570-80; < Latin circumfluent- (stem of circumfluēns, present participle of circumfluere to flow around). See circum-, fluent
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circumfluence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Here were gathered people who worked always in that circumfluent inspiration, that murmur of liberty, that whisper of humanity.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • The salival glands drink up a certain fluid from the circumfluent blood, and pour it into the mouth.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • Like Homer he looked upon the habitable world (οἰκουμένη) as being circular in outline and bounded by a circumfluent river.

  • Philosophers have their disputes also concerning the center of the world and the circumfluent water.

Word Origin and History for circumfluent

1570s, from Latin circumfluentem (nominative circumfluens), present participle of circumfluere "to flow around," from circum- (see circum-) + fluere (see fluent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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